Joshua M. Hare, M.D., Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine and Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was among health care professionals, government officials, and industry leaders invited to participate in the White House Organ Summit on June 23. This special invitation was extended to Hare for the work ISCI has completed in organ regenerative medicine and stem cell research.
The summit convened to announce a new set of initiatives that will build on the Obama administration’s efforts to improve outcomes for people waiting for organ transplants and support for living donors, with a focus on kidney donations and transplants.
“We recommit to supporting the researchers, innovators, advocates and medical professionals working to reduce the number of people awaiting vital organ transplants,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
The need for new programs targeting solutions to organ donor waiting lists is immediate. Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States. Every day, 22 people die while waiting. More than 120,000 Americans remain on the organ waiting list, and kidney transplants make up 80 percent of the demand. Continue reading
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